Guy Christopher Mannino

Karma Happens: Chris Mannino Loses Again


WC has written before about Guy Christopher Mannino, a sleaze ball WC had to deal with who finally had his karma catch up to him. Mannino was convicted of a series of crimes involving his plans to murder a large number folks who he felt had done him wrong. Mannino appealed his conviction to the…

Some Notes on Jerry Norum


Jerry Norum died earlier this month, at age 84. WC lost a friend, a terrific teacher and a role model. WC’s 5th grade teacher was Dorothy McNavish. If you are of a certain age, your remember a gray-haired woman, hair in a tight bun, lips tightly pursed, carrying an “I’m from Foodland” shopping bag. Yeah,…

Gary Grimm doing what he loved best

R.I.P. Gary O. Grimm, 1939-2018


You’ve probably never heard of Gary Grimm. WC met him when Grimm was the director of the newly-created Oregon Outdoor Program at the University of Oregon in 1968. He put together the most amazing trips: A float down the Owhyee River A spring ski/climb of all Three Sisters A cross-country ski trip around the rim…

Methinks he doth protest too much


Yes, it’s a misquote. Shakespeare had Lady Macbeth say something slightly different. But let’s consider this fragment of Trump’s interview with a New York Times reporter last week: “Frankly there is absolutely no collusion…Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion…I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion…I can…

Dead Alewife, Lake Michigan, 1972

WC’s Epic Fails: The Alewife Incident


As WC has mentioned before, he spent three . . . difficult . . . years in Chicago, Illinois, attending law school. The law school was on pricey property, what passes for “lakefront” just north of the loop, with only the twelve lanes of Lake Shore Drive between you and Lake Michigan. Understand that the…